The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington exclusively accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The application portal for spring 2017, summer 2017, and fall 2017 admission (depending on program) will be available through the SOPHAS.org site beginning on August 18, 2016. Be sure to thoroughly read all directions in the SOPHAS application and review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section at the bottom of this page. Please contact SOPHAS at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding their online application.
In addition to completion and submission of the SOPHAS application, all applicants must also complete and submit the Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. This duplication of application information is required for admission. The Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application requires completion of an "Application Information" section. In the drop-down box for "Academic Program," select Public Health-Bloomington Masters for master's degree program admission, or select Public Health-Bloomington PhD for doctoral program admission. or select Grad-Non-degree for our Certificate programs.
For answers to questions about our residential graduate degree programs, our Indiana University Bloomington Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, or to complete SOPHAS or SOPHAS Express applications, please contact our Director of Admissions, Nelda Montemayor at email@example.com.
For inquiries about our online degree programs please visit MyPublicHealthDirect, our school’s digital education program. Email online program inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only fall admission is possible for the M.P.H. degree programs, and for the following M.S. degree programs in Kinesiology: Applied Sport Science, Athletic Training, and Motor Learning and Control.
- Spring 2017 Admission: Admission for the spring semester is possible for all School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate programs with exception of the M.P.H. degree programs and the M.S in Kinesiology degree programs in Applied Sport Science, Athletic Training, and Motor Learning and Control. These degree programs only admit students for fall semester entry. For all other programs, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. October 1, 2016 is the priority deadline for application for spring semester admission to graduate degree programs. The application system closes on November 15, 2016.
- Summer 2017 Admission: Admission for the summer term is possible for all School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate programs with exception of the M.P.H. degree programs and the M.S in Kinesiology degree programs in Applied Sport Science, Athletic Training, and Motor Learning and Control. These degree programs only admit students in the fall semester entry. For all other programs, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. December 15, 2016is the priority deadline for application for summer term admission to graduate degree programs. The application system closes on January 15, 2017.
- Fall 2017 Admission: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, particularly those students who intend to apply for an assistantship. Applicants must have a completed application submitted in SOPHAS by January 15, 2017 in order to receive full consideration for an assistantship. The application system closes on May 1, 2017.
- International students, regardless of intention to apply for an assistantship, should also submit a completed application by April 1, 2017 to allow for additional processing time for international transcripts as well as the immigration process for admitted students. The application system will close on May 1, 2017 for fall admission. Applications completed by this date will receive full consideration for admission.
All applicants must complete the sophas.org application, and submit:
A statement of purpose (600 word maximum) Applicants are encouraged to compose the statement in a text-only word processor such as Notepad or TextEdit, review the statement for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the text box in the SOPHAS application. The statement of purpose should describe your:
- Reasons for interest in your application degree.
- Research/professional interests.
- Career goals.
- Reason(s) for interest in Indiana University.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent from each institution's registrar directly to SOPHAS. Official transcripts are required from all previously attended colleges and universities. This includes current and former IU students applying for admission. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted. You can print Official Transcript Request Form(s) from your SOPHAS online application.
Non-U.S. Transcripts must be sent through World Education Services (WES). SOPHAS will not accept non-US transcripts directly from students or institutions. For more information, please go to the following link: http://www.wes.org/.
U.S. Transcripts may be mailed by United States Postal Service to:
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111
All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service. For further instructions, visit www.wes.org/sophas. Non-US transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. There is no exception to this requirement. Make sure to enter your SOPHAS ID on your WES evaluation request so that your evaluation electronically matches to your application.
In addition to submitting your transcripts to WES, all international applicants are required to submit an additional set of all official transcripts (with English translation when applicable) and a photocopy of their diploma(s) at the time of their application to: Office of International Services; Indiana University; Poplars 221; 400 E. Seventh Street; Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone: (812) 855-4306. This office is responsible for issuing student VISAS, they require the proof of degree and official transcripts (they will not accept the WES report).
Three Letters of Recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field.
GRE Scores are required from all applicants for admission to IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate degree programs with the following exceptions:
- GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the following degree programs: the M.P.H. degree program and the M.S. in Applied Health Science degree program in Safety Management or School and College Health Education.
- GRE scores are not required of U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, who are applying for admission to the M.S. in Recreation degree programs.
All others, please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official GRE scores to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington institution code: 6979.
English Proficiency: All international applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received any degrees from a university where English is the language of instruction, must complete and submit one of following: A minimum TOEFL score of 80, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. Please have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official scores to the institution code: 5688.
A Curriculum Vitae or Resume is desired by most admission committee members.
- Three letters of recommendation and required test scores (GRE/TOEFL) must be received before applications are assigned to committee review. No exceptions.
- For information on Student Academic Appointments, please follow this link: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/prospective-students/graduate/graduate-assistantships.shtml .
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is the IU E-Application the only application necessary to apply to your graduate program?
A: No. In fall 2014, our school adopted a new application system called SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service). This is the official way to apply to our school. This is required for all students wishing to apply for MS, MPH, or PhD degrees. No exceptions. All students must also complete the IU E-Application, which is made up of 9 additional questions.
Q: Why do I have to complete the e-application?
A: SOPHAS is not programmed into our IU data system, meaning that the SPH has access to your student application information, but the other units on campus (University Graduate School, Bursar, Registrar), will not necessarily know you have applied. Once you complete the IU e-app, it will automatically generate an IU 10-digit Id number. This number will allow the other units on campus to view your application status.
Q: What is the fee for applying via SOPHAS?
A: The fee for submitting your first SOPHAS application is $135. For each additional school, there is a fee of $50.
Q: What if I can’t afford the SOPHAS fees?
A: There are a limited number of fee waivers, however you must contact SOPHAS directly to inquire if they are still available. Please email them at email@example.com
Q: Do I submit my fees to IU School of Public Health?
A: No. All fees must be paid directly to SOPHAS. After you have pressed the e-submit button you will be prompted to pay. To pay for your application with a money order, select “Pay by Money Order” and follow the instructions that follow. If you choose to pay with a money order, you must submit your payment in a single money order for each payment. For example, if you designate two schools of public health, you should send a single money order for $165; if you later designate two more schools, you should send a second money order in the amount of $90. All money orders must be payable in U.S. funds and issued by a U.S. bank, to SOPHAS. You should include your name, SOPHAS ID number and the SOPHAS payment form, which will be generated when you confirm your selection of money order as your payment option.
Q: I already have transcripts/letters of recommendation, can I send these directly to the IU School of Public Health instead of sending them to SOPHAS?
A: No. All application materials must be sent from the student’s institution/recommender directly to SOPHAS or WES (World Education Services). Our office can’t upload transcripts because SOPHAS or WES verifies students’ coursework and GPA.
Q: I am an international student, why do I have to send official transcripts to IU’s Office of International Student Services and to SOPHAS/WES?
A: At this time, the Office of International Admissions requires official transcripts because their internal process for VISA approval is much more stringent than the WES. SOPHAS and WES (World Education Services) verify your GPA and degree, they require official transcripts from each student.
Q: Do you accept the LSAT or MCAT exams in lieu of the GRE?
A: Only the GRE exam is accepted for students applying to our school, no exceptions.
Q: Why do some programs require the GRE and others do not?
A: Our school’s deans and academic department chairs make these determinations. GRE scores are required for all applicants except domestic applicants with appropriate undergraduate degree GPA's who are applying to MPH degree programs, MS in Recreation degree programs, and MS in Applied Health Science degree programs in Safety Management and School and College Health Programs. (See information provided above for details.)
Q: Can I waive the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. If you are an applicant whose citizenship is from one of the recognized English Speaking Countries on our list: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kits & Nevis, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Zimbabwe.
Q: Can I substitute the IELTS exam in place of the TOEFL exam?
A: Yes. Our school requires that international students submit official TOEFL exams (IBT 80, or CBT of 210). However, our school will accept the IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 7.
Q: Can I apply for admission to a PhD program even though I am just completing my BA?
A: For most of our PhD programs, we do not offer straight admit to the PhD degree with just a completed Bachelor’s degree. These programs will require both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree to apply. The only exception is the PhD in Human Performance in the department of Kinesiology. Students applying to this degree program can apply with just their completed Bachelor’s degree.
Q: Can I apply to more than one program at once?
A: No. Our school only allows students to apply for one program.
Q: Can I apply to any program at any time of the year?
A: No. All of our MPH programs, along with the MS in Kinesiology degree programs in Applied Sport Science and Athletic Training only allow for fall admission. All other programs allow students to apply for spring, summer, or fall, but there are specific deadlines that must be followed. Please refer to our SPH admissions website for more information.
Q: How long will it take before I hear about my admission decision?
A: The formal review process will take 5-6weeks for MS or MPH students. The reason for this length of time is due to the 2-3 weeks that your application will reside with SOPHAS. Your application materials must first be received and reviewed by SOPHAS staff. Once they code your application as “verified”, this will notify our admissions staff to complete the internal review process at the SPH level. The application will be reviewed for completeness. If complete, it will be forwarded on to the review committee; with the committee normally needing a minimum of two weeks to render a decision. If there are missing items (missing GRE, third letter of recommendation etc.), the admissions staff will contact the student directly to explain why the application is incomplete. PhD applications will take much longer as those decisions are normally not made until mid-February-early-March.
Q: Do all admitted students receive funding assistance?
A: Each of our five departments determines how they will fund admitted students. While some programs offer SAA (Student Academic Appointments), others will offer fee remission awards. Students should inquire directly with their department to inquire about funding opportunities.
Q: How long does my application stay on file?
A: Our applications are kept on file for one cycle. Starting in fall 2016, the SOPHAS cycle will allow some of your previous application materials to transfer to the next cycle. Please inquire directly with SOPHAS staff regarding this: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If I am accepted, but need to defer my admission, is this allowed?
A: Students are allowed to defer for one year.
Q: SOPHAS offers to enter my previous academic coursework for a fee. Does this mean that SOPHAS will contact my institutions and request my official transcripts on my behalf?
A: No. SOPHAS will charge a fee to enter your previous academic coursework once they receive your official transcripts, however, due to FERPA (Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974). Students must personally request their own transcripts directly from their institutions.
Q: How will I know what the application status is of my application?
A: Applicants should log into both their SOPHAS and WES accounts (if applicable) often to track their application status. If there is an issue, SOPHAS and/or WES will communicate with students via email messages.